RAJASTHAN is one of the 29 states that, along with seven union territories, form the republic of India. Located in the northwest, it shares its borders with Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, and an international border with Pakistan. The 3, 42,274 sq km of its topography comprises 22 former princely states that merged at the time of Indian independence.
Located between 22 Deg. And 30 Deg. north latitude, and 69 Deg. 78 Deg. East longitude, the region consists of the Aravallis hills, the plateau of Haroti and the Malwa tableland that blocks the flow of the monsoons to the region, creating the vast desert that lies to the west. Temperatures here can be sub-zero in the winters, though at 12 Deg. as average, and with days filled with sunshine, this is the best time for visitors to travel within the state. Summers, not surprisingly, are hot and dry, and though the fierce lush winds have now ceased as a result of the large-scale plantation, the temperature hovers in the vicinity of 45 Deg. During the day
Rajasthan -the most colorful region in India an exotic land of velour and chivalry. A land endowed with invincible fort, magnificent places and havelies, unending hilly ranges and haves of sand dunes and serene lakes the state represents an unusual region in the country assembles the many paradoxes of India as does the desert land of Rajasthan.
Unexpected forest glens, lakes and temples appear like mirages in the deserts. On the crag are seen rugged forts, testimony to a turbulent history.
Innumerable temples dating back to the 7th century still survive amidst scattered ruins; medieval cities exist around turreted marble places and spacious gardens. Rajasthan, a land of princes, places and preening peacocks is renowned for its monuments. Art and culture that go back to several centuries. Admire a range of miniature paintings and frescoes of exquisite refinement. There is romance in Rajasthan fort and palaces and arts of gallantry retold in ballads and legends. Then there are sanctuaries sheltering rich and varied species of flora and fauna. And the shimmering Thar Desert belt charms with a rare and amazing sight.
Rajasthani are a handsome people with colorful costumes. They express themselves in color and sound not easily seen of heard anywhere else in the country Rajasthan overwhelms with color found in busting bazaars; in wide-ranging costumes of its people; in streets where elephants and camels vie with buses and cars. The irresistible gamut of art and handicraft souvenirs will bewitch you. An exciting variety of Rajasthani delicacies will pamper your palate with a never-before gastronomic delight.
Staying is no less enjoying and exhilarating. Choose from a wide range of accommodation-inexpensive to five stars deluxe-to suit every budget. Or for a change, go in for the heritage hotels, a recent concept, where you get an opportunity to taste the royal environs of a bygone era.
Traveling too is a rewarding experience in Rajasthan. For it is organized on the lines of superlative standards. Modern air and train services, deluxe coaches and chauffeur-driven cars transport you quickly and comfortably to every wonder packed corner of the state. You can’t have enough of Rajasthan in a hurry; considerable time span is needed to know about the marvels of this fabled land. Rajasthan with a treasure of history. Picturesque architecture and bewitching landscape is an India. A destination that defies definition.